Lieve Gerda by Flip Peeters

Flip Peeters was a Dutch soldier, who was sent to the Dutch Indies in the period 1948-1950 to participate in the "Politionele Acties". This was the name given to the Dutch military offensives during the Indonesian National Revolution and marks one of the darkest periods in Dutch colonial history. Peeters kept an illustrated diary for his fiancee Gerda, which gives a striking account of the everyday life of a Dutch soldier during this period. It wasn't until 2004 that some of his drawings were used in a historical book, and by 2011 the diary was published in book format as 'Lieve Gerda' on the occasion of the eponymous exposition in Arnhem.

Last updated: 2013-01-25

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